Top 5 things to know while trekking in the Himalayas
Trekking in the Himalayas can be a challenging yet satisfying and exhilarating journey. Read on to be best prepared for an unforgettable experience.
1. Take a Guide (but carry your own bag)
It’s always tempting to try and save some money by scrimping on guides and this may be fine for city breaks where audio guides or free tours can do a perfectly good job. Don’t make that mistake on a trek. A good guide is many things; a companion, a fountain of local knowledge and most importantly someone with experience of the dangers of trekking in the Himalayas. There are many cheap guides that may know the route but a local guide will make your trip much more memorable. Carry your own bags and really feel that you have earned your dhal bhat! We went to LN Treks in Pokhara to book this experience.
2. Dhal Bhat
Always the same, always different. These trekkers’ staple matches perfectly with a hard day in the mountains. Free refills are always welcome and they will keep coming as long as you keep asking. Make sure you don’t miss out on the bamboo pickle at the bamboo station at 2,300m/7546ft.
3. Fixed Prices
One of the great things about trekking in Nepal is that to avoid tea houses trying to undercut each other and drive down prices (and standards) the government has fixed prices. This means you will pay exactly the same rate for everything be it a mars bar or a bed for the night. This way you know exactly how much you will spend on your trip. Apart from food and board, there’s not exactly much to buy so ₹1700 per day is more than enough.
It can be hot, cold, wet and dry all within ten minutes. Bring a range of clothing so as not to get caught out. For one-off treks, the many Northfake (fake North Face) gear available in Pokhara is poor quality but sufficient. However, you will be on your feet all day so splash the cash on some decent footwear. Trekking boots or shoes are required. Your feet will thank your wallet after day one.
5. Let the Mountains in
Trekking in the Himalayas brings you close to nature but you will also be surrounded by other trekkers both heading up and coming back down the mountain. So whilst you won’t get solitude you can certainly find peace. The further into your trek you go the more the mountains loom large and the power of nature becomes evident. Try and get up before sunrise and watch the sunset over the silent, icy rock faces. Nature is the boss here and we are merely passing by. Soon you will feel at one with your surroundings the rhythmic rumbling of the river Modi matching the rhythm of your stride. Pure magic.
Australia camp. If you are trekking in the Annapurna range, you can opt to head straight down the mountain after reaching ABC. Some even get helicopter lifted from the camp! If you have time then a detour to Australia Camp is highly recommended. Camp out under the stars with incredible sunsets and sunrises to enjoy.